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Council stocks up on rock salt

| Written by Shetland News

Rock salt being unloaded in Scalloway. Photos: SIC Rock salt being unloaded in Scalloway. Photos: SIC OVER 6,000 tonnes of rock salt has been shipped into Scalloway Harbour as Shetland Islands Council prepares for its winter road treatment.

The salt came into the village on Thursday from Northern Ireland on board the cargo vessel Aasli, with trucks on hand to offload it and transport it to the nearby Scord Quarry.

The salt will be used for equipping Shetland's gritters over the coming months and for depots in other parts of Shetland.

It was one of the largest cargo deliveries ever taken in at Scalloway, which is more regularly used for fishing and oil related activities.

Roads manager Dave Coupe said: "The proximity of Scalloway Harbour to the Scord Quarry is an advantage to help offload and store this bulk quantity of rock salt, which is enough to see us through an average Shetland winter, although we will take in more stocks if necessary.

"This stockpile of salt is a key part of our winter preparations, along with our gritters and crews around the isles to call on when necessary. I'd urge drivers to take their own steps to prepare for winter, especially by fitting winter or all-weather tyres on their vehicle if they can."

 

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